Minister praises our smartcard for teenagers


Our innovative smart card scheme encouraging young people to travel by bus has won praise from a government minister.

During a visit to Derby this week, Norman Baker MP met with our staff to learn about the 16-19 MANGO, which has clocked up 900,000 customer journeys since its launch in 2010.

 

Norman Baker MP (right), driver John Barker (third from right), Mr MANGO and 16-19 MANGO holders (left to right) Chloe Barkley-Smith, Nicola Holland, Alexander Nicholls, Katy Birch and Daniel Pool.

The Minister for Transport joined in celebrations to mark the milestone and also chatted to teenagers from local schools and colleges who use a MANGO card.

Alex Hornby, Commercial Director explained: “The Minister was very impressed by the scheme and he’s a keen supporter of initiatives that help young people get into the habit of using public transport.”

As well as enabling users to get on the bus without fumbling for change, the pre-pay card offers a 35 per cent discount on standard fares and can be topped up on line.

“Not only is it quick and convenient to use, MANGO makes travelling by bus one of the most economical ways to get around,” Alex added.

Following his visit, the Minister commented: “This innovative scheme is very welcome, and might usefully be taken up by other bus operators. It is important the bus industry looks after, and caters for, younger customers.

“I found my visit very worthwhile, and I was also interested to note the way individual routes on trent barton’s network are marketed.”


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